Texting while walking could land you a ticket in Fort Lee, N.J.
As with most other states, texting while driving is already banned in the state. But now, Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli is also holding pedestrians accountable for their "dangerous walking," including texting-while-trekking -- if it leads to them ignoring crosswalks and lights.
There have been 23 pedestrian accidents since January, Ripoli told CBS New York. While most were minor, three fatalities were reported.
"They're not alert and they're not watching what they're doing," Ripoli told CBS New York's Derricke Dennis. "As of now, [officers are] to give summonses to pedestrians who do not adhere to crosswalks and the lights."
Ripoli, however, told MSNBC that his town is not specifically banning texting while walking.
Folks who are texting while walking in Fort Lee are issued a jaywalking ticket, but only if they also happen to be jaywalking at the same time, the article says. … Read more